Pay TV - Premium Channels in Finland
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Pay TV channels, often generically referred to as 'Cable TV', are premium channels already being delivered in the signal to your house or apartment, but scrambled. This page tells you how to unlock those channels.
There are two steps to accessing Pay TV channels:
1) Subscription: You need to purchase a subscription from a Pay TV company for the channel package(s) you want. See below for 'cable building' restrictions.
2) Smart Card: You will then be provided with a smart card (also called TV card, smartcard, viewing card), which is inserted into the card reader on your TV, set top box, or PVR / DVR.
Important: Smart cards cannot be directly inserted into all TVs! You may need to purchase a separate card reader (kortinlukija) module which plugs into the CI slot of your TV. You then insert the smart card into the module. Most external devices such as set top boxes have a built-in card reader.
Most packages include free software allowing you to also watch your premium channels on mobile devices.
If you own a house the choice of system is yours. Apartment buildings, however, maintain a basic subscription with a Pay TV company on behalf of all tenants/shareholders. The signal, fed to all apartments, typically includes the free-to-air channels plus a couple of extras. Buildings use one of two systems; cable or terrestrial. The documentation for your apartment will tell you what system and TV company your building uses. The fee for 'basic cable' is already included in your rent or maintenance fee.
DVB-C: 'Cable Buildings' use the DVB-C digital broadcasting standard, and receive TV signals via a physical cable. For premium channels, you will need to use the same Pay TV 'cable company' with whom the building already has an agreement.
DVB-T: 'Terrestrial Buildings' use the DVB-T digital broadcasting standard, and receive TV signals via antenna. You can therefore choose which operator you use for your premium channels. DVB-T transmissions are gradually being replaced by DVB-T2. Migration will be complete by 31 March 2020, so when purchasing a new receiver ensure it is T2-compliant.
There are some 200 premium TV channels available, depending on your operator and package.
Over 10 free additional TV channels, with nearly 200 available using the Elisa Kanavakortti smart card. Packages include sports, movies, family, educational and more.
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